Two suspected drug peddlers were killed and five others arrested during separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ in Sirajganj and Cox’s Bazar districts early Saturday, raising the death toll to 358 in the ongoing anti-drug drive since May 15, 2018.
The deceased were Mostafa Kamal, 33, a resident of village Kawak of Ullapara municipal area in Sirajganj and Md Shahab Uddin, 42, a resident of Kanjarpara under Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar.
Kamal was named in at least 11 criminal cases lodged with different police stations in Sirajganj while Shahab in several drug-related cases with Teknaf police station, police said.
New Age correspondent in Sirajganj reported that Mostafa was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Ghoshgati under Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj at about 2:00am on Saturday.
Ullapara police station inspector (investigation) Md Golam Mostafa said they, on a tip off that a group of drug peddlers had been dealing drugs, raided Ghosgati area at about 2:00am on Saturday.
Sensing presence of police, the drug peddlers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, leaving Kamal dead on the spot while other peddlers managed to flee, he said.
He said that they also raided the area and arrested five suspected drug peddlers.
The arrestees are Sajib Kumar Saha alias Ganesh, 24, his brother Sanjay Kumar Saha, 19, Sony Ahmed, 35, of Ghoshgati under Ullapara and Selim Reza, 24, and Shafiqul Islam, 19, of village Khidra Goprekhi village under Belkuchi upazila in the district.
The police officer said that they also recovered 21 bottles of Phensedyl and 80 Yaba tablets from the spot.
In Cox’s Bazar, Shahab was killed in a gunfight between two groups of suspected drug peddlers in his Kanjarpara village on Saturday at about 4:00am, police said.
Teknaf police station inspector (operations) Rakibul Islam Khan said they recovered the body from the spot and seized two locally made guns, seven bullets and 2,400 Yaba tablets from the spot.
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